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Music Library Special Collections: Manuscripts

Finding and using archives, manuscripts, rare books and scores, and other special collections at the Music Library.


The Gilmore Music Library has hundreds of individual manuscripts (as well as thousands more in its archival collections). The individual manuscripts are cataloged in Orbis

A few highlights (several of which have been digitized):

Some of these items are shelved across the street, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. To study them, please consult the Beinecke Library directly.

A good way to find manuscripts is to go to the  Orbis Advanced Search page, and then choose either "Music (manuscript)" or "Archives or Manuscripts" from the drop-down Type menu.

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Richard Boursy
Gilmore Music Library
Sterling Memorial Library
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